Reed City baseball team falls in summer league title game, Evart defeats Pine River in consolation game

EVART — Reed City’s baseball team settled for second place in Wednesday’s summer league tournament at Evart.

The host Wildcats took third place.

The Coyotes blitzed the Wildcats 18-2 in the semifinals and then lost in the title game to Grant 5-4.

Hunter Morrison was the winning pitcher in the first game. Logan Straub took the loss in the second game.

“It was good, we had a lot of fun,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “We had a lot of young kids, including those who will be in ninth grade next year that haven’t played all summer with us.They’re coming out to learn some stuff. We wanted to have a fun time.”

Cameron Austin had two doubles and was 6-of-7 for the night. Straub had two doubles and a single, while Gabe Miller had four hits.

It was a summer of progress for a Reed City team hoping to improve next spring from an 8-24 record. Reed City was 8-4 during the summer.

“We learned some stuff and got kids to play baseball so they’d much rather do this than stay home,” Shaffer said.

After losing the first game to Reed City, Evart came back for a 3-2 win over Pine River in the consolation game. Karsten Allen, Andrew Bengry, Josh Dorn and Chris Imhoff had hits for Evart.

Layne Nadig had a strong pitching effort late in the second game.

“Billy Conklin pitched really well to start the game,” Evart coach Josh Johnson said. “He’s going to be a freshman next year. Layne pitched really well too.”

Johnson was happy with his team’s second-game performance. 

“We had 14 kids (for summer baseball), I’m happy about that,” he said. “We haven’t had 14 kids on the baseball diamond in a long time.”

Both Reed CIty and Evart have completed their summer baseball seasons, although Johnson plans on having informal pickup scrimmages where anyone can play.

“Some of the things I’m teaching in March I want them to know now,” he said. “Once it gets here in March, then it doesn’t take long for them to get (in the baseball mode).”